English teaching resources: Using vocabulary related to cooking.

Objective: The “How to cook your favourite dish” lesson lets students practise how to explain a dish and how to make it.

Introduction to “How to cook your favourite dish”

Most people like eating and are interested in different food traditions. Dishes, ingredients, tastes and flavours are parts of a country´s culture.

It may sometimes be challenging to find the correct words for the ingredients and the actions to do when making a dish.

Here is a suggestion on how to work with this.

Activity 1: Reading and filling in the gaps

a) Write the following words on the board and go through their meanings.

Knife – oven – spoon – saucepan – frying pan – stove

b) Have the students fill them correctly into these sentences

1. You can bake food in the ……………………………………….
2. You can slice food with a ……………………………………..
3. You can fry food in a …………………………………………
4. You can heat food on top of the ……………………………….
5. You can mix food up with a ……………………………….
6. You can boil water in a ………………………………….
7. You can chop food with a ………………………………………
8. You can stir food with a ………………………………………
9. You can peel food with a ………………………………………

c) Which verbs can be used with these foods? Match the foods with the actions. Have the students use the same sentence structure as in the previous exercise when you review the activity, e.g. You can pour milk.

Food

Action (mix up the order)

  1. Milk
  2. Bread
  3. An orange
  4. Butter
  5. Soup
  6. A tomato
  7. Cheese
  8. An onion
  1. Pour
  2. Bake
  3. Peel
  4. Spread
  5. Mix
  6. Slice
  7. Grate
  8. Dice

Activity 2: Conversation

Put the students in groups to discuss the following questions.

1. Can you cook? Do you enjoy cooking? Why/why not?
2. What´s your favourite food?
3. Which food do you know how to cook best? How do you prepare it?
4. Describe something that people eat every day in your country. How is it prepared?

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